IT Teaching Resources

Building community and trust

Community is the foundation of a conducive learning environment. In digital environments, instructors find it especially important to intentionally build in opportunities for interactions that promote and reinforce students’ sense of connection and belonging. Explore stories and resources for ideas about how to create community, facilitate social interactions and connections, and build student trust in digital environments.

Instructor and student voices

Lunch-n-Learn: Reflections on Remote Learning – What’s Worth Keeping?

GSE instructors reflect over the past year and share strategies that have made a difference in remote instruction

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Podcast: Elena Darling-Hammond and Danny Pimentel share their experience as TAs bridging students and instructors

Peer conversation addressing the evolving role of the TA

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Podcast: Tatiana Zamora, Jesse Ramirez, Monica Sircar, and Jane Weiss provide insights on how courses supported their career goals

GSE first-year Ph.D. students chat about choosing classes based on personal and research interests

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Podcast: Ghisly Garcia and Brian Chien share what they learned about building community remotely

GSE master’s students reflect on how they built relationships with their cohort

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Podcast: Becca Hanlin and Rob Heavner share their remote experiences and community-building activities

GSE students reflect on what made their classes unique and share hopes for the next quarter

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Jarita Greyeyes recommends building connections with your cohort

Jarita Greyeyes, a third-year Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE) student, shares how she copes with the stresses of her program

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Hannah Katherine D’Apice provides remote learning advice for Ph.D. students

Hannah Katherine D’Apice, a International Comparative Education (ICE) Ph.D. student, shares collaborating methods and tools for the online setting

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Lunch n Learn Student Voices

Lunch-n-Learn: Student Voices Panel

GSE students and alumni reflect on their online classroom experiences, how far they have come as online learners, and plans for the future

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Mathieu Penot offers advice on connecting with other students

Mathieu Penot, a Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) MA student, provides tips on how he managed online classes

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For Sean Reardon, the shift to online meant trying on some new hats

Sean Reardon and his teaching team create opportunities for levity while building a space for collective learning

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Resources

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How to use Google Jamboard to build ideas visually

Google Jamboard is a virtual whiteboard that elevates collaboration via sticky notes and doodling tools

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Recommended Zoom meeting security settings

Managing the Zoom security settings to protect your classes from unwanted interactions

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Creating multiple pathways for student participation

Utilizing Zoom chat, Zoom polling, and PollEverywhere to increase student engagement and participation

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Building community and setting norms during the first day of class

A collection of community and relationship building activities for the first day of class

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Facilitating class community building before the quarter begins

A collection of college level community and relationship building activities for before the quarter begins

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Supporting mental health and well-being

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Structuring and streamlining content

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Promoting student engagement

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Bridging synchronous and asynchronous learning

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Building community and trust

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Gathering assessment and feedback

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